Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio have been working together for months on a replacement for Obamacare. Details for the plan have not been published, but the plan will constitute a full repeal of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement which was passed without a single GOP vote in support of it. Neither had anyone including the president even read the massive 2,000 page bill at the time of passage. The conventional wisdom has been that the GOP cannot repeal Obamacare because they lack the votes to override a presidential veto.
At the same time, video has emerged from MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare. In the video, Prof. Gruber admits that deception was used in selling the Obamacare to the American public. He explained that had the public been made aware that the health care bill was a series of tax increases, it would not have passed. Neither would the bill have passed if the public were made aware that healthy people would largely pay into the system, but only the poor and unhealthy would draw the most benefit. Lastly, he stated the Democrats relied upon the stupidity of the electorate to get the bill passed. It is unclear if House and Senate Democrats still have the stomach to defend Obamacare.
I hadn’t kept track, but Alexei Beltyukov says that the GOP has made over four dozen attempts to alter Obamacare, but those bills were largely ignored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. That will all change in January. The GOP has promised to vote on a full repeal of Obamacare, and it may be that Ryan and Rubio plan to expand the repeal bill to be the “repeal & replace” legislation the party promised voters in 2010.